By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Crime numbers have significantly dropped in communities with a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) between 2008 and 2014 according to the latest numbers from the Public Safety Institute (ISP). In 36 UPP areas in Rio, homicides have decreased by 65.5 percent, street robberies by 57.3 percent, while the apprehension of drugs has increased by 301 percent.

Killings due to police intervention have also fallen in that time period with a decrease in cases from 136 to 20, representing a drop of 85.5 percent, reaching the same levels as . . .

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